Illinois Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1771)

Incident period: June 1, 2008 to July 22, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 24, 2008

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 4, 2008
News Release
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Federal and state officials announced today that the last two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC/MDRC) will close this week.? Officials cited the reduced level of activity as the reason for the closings.
August 2, 2008
News Release
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Before considering new construction and repairs of flood-damaged property, Illinois residents are urged to consult local building officials to obtain the necessary permits. "Obtaining building permits is especially important for those with homes or businesses located within a FEMA-mapped floodplain," said State Coordinating Officer Andrew Velasquez III of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). "Residents rebuilding after recent floods need to know that building permits are based on local codes and ordinances that are enforced locally, not by FEMA."
August 1, 2008
News Release
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- More than $9.7 million in federal disaster assistance grants and loans has been approved so far by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Illinois residents who suffered damages and losses during the severe storms and flooding beginning June 1 and continuing through July 22. To date, 2,817 homeowners and renters from the 18 designated counties have applied for disaster assistance.
July 30, 2008
News Release
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Greene County has been added to the list of counties designated for Public Assistance (Infrastructure) funding following the floods beginning June 1 and ending July 22, according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).  Today's announcement makes federal funding available to the county and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding.
July 30, 2008
News Release
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Property owners who purchase flood insurance now can alleviate future financial losses such as those incurred during the Illinois severe storms and flooding that started in June.? Many victims were unaware that their homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage.? As the most common and most costly type of natural disaster in the United States, the effects of the recent severe weather are a hard reminder that flooding occurs everyday in all regions of the nation, in disasters large and small.
July 29, 2008
News Release
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Flood insurance policy holders rebuilding in the wake of the June severe storms and flooding may be eligible for up to $30,000 to help cover the cost of bringing their property into compliance with local floodplain ordinances. Policies issued since June 1, 1997 as part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) contain an Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) provision. This coverage is for structures located within a floodplain, also known as Special Flood Hazard Area, which have sustained substantial or repetitive flood damage.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • Illinois, FEMA-1771-DR (PDF 37KB)
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